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Welcome To Berkeley Math Circle
The Berkeley Math Circle (BMC) is a weekly program for over 250 San Francisco Bay Area elementary, middle and high school students. The weekly sessions are on Tuesdays evenings at the UC Berkeley campus. The program is jointly sponsored by the UC Berkeley Math Department, the Mosse Foundation For Arts and Education through the Mathematical Sciences Research Insitute (MSRI), and Parents' Contributions.
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Emulating famous Eastern European models, the program aims at drawing kids to mathematics, preparing them for mathematical contests, introducing them to the wonders of beautiful mathematical theories, and encouraging them to undertake future careers linked with mathematics, whether as mathematicians, mathematics educators, economists, or business entrepeneurs. Read more about the BMC.

BMC Alumnus Evan Chen is an USAMO winner!

Berkeley Math Circle student Evan Chen, also the coordinator for the Monthly Contest at BMC for the past three years, solved all six problems at USAMO (the last round of the USA Math Olympiad). He was placed #2 in the USA with 41 points and was among the top 3 winners awarded with Akami Foundation Scholarship! Even more astonishingly, he qualified at the same time on the Taiwanese team and will be participating in the International Mathematical Olympiad this summer in Cape Town, South Africa, from July 3-13 , 2014.

Evan Chen graduated from lrvington High School in Fremont, CA, this year and will attend Harvard College in the fall. Evan earned a Gold medal in the 2013 Asian-Pacific Math Olympiad, and will be participating on the Taiwan team at the 2014 lnternational Mathematical Olympiad (lMO). He enjoys programming, typesetting documents in LaTeX, and playing StarCraft on the nights before major contests. Evan applies his skill as a competitor in mathematical competitions to writing mathematical problems. Evan thanks his teachers, Miss Chiu and Mrs. Rothfuss, for their continual support and Dr. Zvezda Stankova, of the Berkeley Math Circle, for her invaluable mentorship. lt is noteworthy that Evan took this USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) in Taiwan from 12:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. while in Taiwan.

Application CLOSED for BMC Fall 2014

The Berkeley Math Circle is no longer accepting applications for Fall 2014 session. We may select a few more students for the Spring 2015 session, whose application will be available online on the week of Thanksgiving 2014. Those who are interested in joining the Berkeley Math Circle should write an application for Spring 2015 and submit by the last session of BMC in Fall 2014.

Berkeley Math Circle featured on "The Monthly"!

The Berkeley Math Circle has been featured "The Monthly," East Bay's Premier Magazine of Culture and Commerce, titled "Proving Their Passion" by Sarah Weld. Check out the Berkeley Math Circle on the news here!

Application for Fall 2014

1. BMC-Upper: BMC-Beginners (5-6th grades), BMC-Intermediate (7-8th grades), BMC-Advanced (9-12th grades):

Application forms for BMC-Upper will be posted on the BMC website by the end of April and due at the circle two weeks after at the last meeting of the circle on May 13. Follow the directions there closely and submit the application along with all other required documents by the deadline. Applications written by parents or other adults will not be considered: applications must be completed by the applicant student.

2. BMC-Elementary (1-4th grades): Inquire with bmc.elementary at gmail.com

BMC-Upper staff does NOT control BMC-Elementary admissions, so you need to contact the BMC-Elementary staff for enrollment information.

BMC-Upper Sessions for Spring 2014

The Berkeley Math Circle for Spring 2014 will start on Tuesday, January 7th.

  • BMC Beginners will meet every Tuesday from 6:15 PM to 7:45 PM at 330 Evans.
  • BMC Intermediate will meet every Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at 740 Evans.
  • BMC Advanced will meet every Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at 736 Evans.

Structure of the Berkeley Math Circle

The Berkeley Math Circle (BMC) consists of two sections:

  • BMC Upper (organized by Zvezdelina Stankova) - divided furthermore into three groups:
    • BMC Beginners
    • BMC Intermediate
    • BMC Advanced
  • BMC Elementary (organized by Laura Givental) - divided furthermore into two groups:
    • BMC Elementary I (grades 1 and 2)
    • BMC Elementary II (grades 3 and 4)

Contact information

BMC Upper: Hojae Lee (BMC Assistant), hojae.lee2015 (at) gmail (dot)com
BMC Elementary: Laura Givental (BMC Elementary Director), bmc (dot) elementary (at) gmail (dot) com

Parking Information

Parking is notoriously hard nearby UCB campus. Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes early. We start at 6 pm, respectively, 6:15pm sharp for the corresponding groups. The campus map showing available parking can be found here. On the map, Evans Hall is in D2, so the Lower Hearst Structure in E1 is probably the best parking choice. The fee for parking is $1 per hour.


Nico Brown of the Berkeley Math Circle wins first place at the Berkeley Mini-Math Tournament!

Nico Brown wins 1st place at BmMT 2013.         Nico Brown and Vincent Pisani at BmMT 2013.

BMC's own Nico Brown won the Berkeley mini Math Tournament (BmMT), the middle school student variant to the BMT for high school students, this past weekend.

Nico's score in the Individual round placed him into the top six students who entered the final Countdown elimination round, a series of timed questions... and he emerged the overall champion!

He wouldn't have got there without Team BMC coached by Intermediate Circle parent Tor Slettnes--Vincent Pisani, Arav Karighattam, Nate Fish, Espen Slettnes, and Nico--so congratulations to all!

Laura Pierson of the Berkeley Math Circle wins Silver Medal at 2013 European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad!

Current BMC Student Laura Pierson won a silver medal at the European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO)! The 2013 EGMO was held at Luxembourg city, where 87 participants from 22 countries participated. As a 7th grader at the time, Laura was the youngest member of the USA team.

Congratulations, Laura!

BMC Student Evan Chen wins Gold Medal in the Asian Pacific Mathematical Olympiad 2013!

BMC Student Evan Chen participated at the Asian Pacific Mathematical Olympiad 2013 as part of the Team Selection Tests. USA, Korea, and Russia tied for the 1st place. Evan Chen was placed as USA #1 and received the gold medal. In fact, all USA members received perfect scores, however, Evan Chen won the tie-breaker!

Congratulations Evan!

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